The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 17, 1849

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p.2 Whitefish - The "take" of this highly esteemed fish seems to be larger this season than during many proceeding. A correspondent of the Picton Gazette writing from Wellington, says:

At 7 o'clock, this morning, the Beach was literally covered with white fish, and I must confess it was some time before I could convince myself that the black gravel was not covered with snow, instead of White fish. To give you a better idea: there are five seines in front of the Village, these took upwards of 55,010, or about 385 barrels of fish, which at the least calculation, are worth 20s per bbl. Mr. Cumming told me that his seine with Messrs. Hopkin's and Gerow's, took 44,000. And what is the result, every man and boy almost in the place, together with horses and waggons, are engaged in drawing and packing fish.

Although great numbers of fish have been taken each fall, for years, and although some would-be-seers have predicted that these delicious fish would soon be all taken, there was more caught last night than ever before. I know several hands who got from 6 to 700 as a hand share - equal to eighteen dollars per night. What think you of this? Who will talk of receiving five shillings an hour in California, when the same can be done in Canada? [Picton Gaz.]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 17, 1849